October 8, 2009

Escape to Seattle DAY 1

My husband and I have not been on a vacation alone (other than to visit family) since our honeymoon! A few months ago my friend Ellen told me about some $29 flights on Southwest Air. So we decided to be spontaneous and book a flight.

I called my mom and asked if she would stay with our kids and she sweetly agreed!

So off we went on our own little adventure. It is weird leaving the boys. I am really excited to relax, but I miss them and think about how they would have liked this or that! I must have seen 6 little families with kids our boys age struggling with their kids to get the to behave. I could not help but think I am glad that is not me! But I also caught myself thinking they need to lighten up! I need to lighten up sometimes too! It was fun to watch from a new perspective.

So our flight to Seattle went fine, we rented a car and we decided to first go to Pike's Market.

The Market was fun. We tasted fresh fruits, looked at flowers, hand crafted goods, fresh fish, and much more. We spent a few hours wandering through the vendors and shops. We bought fruit, flowers and honey sticks. I was tempted to buy some blown glass but passed it up.

Look at how pretty the flowers were. That is a rose cabbage in the middle, I thought they were interesting. I have never seen those before. I loved the fall colors of this bouquet. Oh the Asian flower ladies had signs that said small BO-K for $5. Funny huh?

When at the market we wandered off into a strange alley and found this wall of gum. Gross!

People had written their names with it, made picture and left messages.

For lunch we walked down the the waterfront to eat at Ivars! When I was a kid my parents brought us to Seattle a couple of times and we would eat at Ivars. Ivars is a fabulous fish and chips shop that has been in Seattle since 1938.
One of the best memories of Ivars is the seagulls. Look at them all lined up ready to feast! If you click on the picture to enlarge it you can see that the one closest to us is squealing for more food!

You throw it they catch it! We each got fish and chips and a big bowl of chowder. We were too full to eat all of our fries so we joined in on the bird feeding fun!

After dinner we went to the Space Needle! A must see in Seattle!
There we are on top over looking the Puget Sound. Aren't we cute!?

This picture is funny because that guy there in the Seattle Seahawks hat became like our unofficial tour guide. He was showing this business man around also pictured and he was telling stories and educating him on the Seattle sites. We were interested so we just followed him around the needle listening to the unofficial tour!
We decided to go up to the needle just before sunset so we could get views of the city in the day and at night! Here you can see Mt. Rainer, Safeco Feild and Qwest Feild. Home of the Seattle Seahawks and Marriners!


Todd and Amyjoy said...

Sounds like so much fun! We need to do that. We never have left our kids for more than 2 nights. And we have never been more than 1 hour away!
Glad you guys had a fun time! :)

Amber said...

I never check your family blog anymore because you rarely post on here. But I am glad you did. I love visiting Seattle and love vacations sans children even more. It looks like you guys had a great time. But I get missing the kids. When I went on my awesome NKOTB cruise, I was having the time of my life but I kept catching myself thinking about how much my husband would love this or my girls would love that!

The Village said...

Hey Girl what a fun trip...wow when I see pictures, I miss it up there SOOO much, but then I just remember the rain and I come back to my senses! It looks like you had great weather though, I am so glad. It also looks like you and Mark really enjoyed your time together - that is awesome - a must do every now and again.